LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Ray Manzarek, the founding keyboardist of The Doors, died Monday morning of bile duct cancer in Germany, according to a post on the group’s official Facebook page. Manzarek was 74.

Manzarek died at 12:31 p.m. at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany surrounded by his wife, Dorothy, and his brothers, Rick and James.

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Manzarek was best known for his work with the Doors after a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison, according to the Facebook post. The controversial rock group sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

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“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” Doors’ guitarist and long-time collaborator Robby Krieger said. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”

Manzarek, who went on to become a best-selling author and a Grammy-nominated solo artist, survived by his wife, brothers, son Pablo Manzarek and three grandchildren.

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In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donation be made in Ray Manzarek’s name to standup2cancer.org.